Llbean 10k Road Race Recap

Patriotic pride and road races flooded roads across America on July 4th, 2015

The  Llbean July 4th 10k was the perfect start to a wonderful July 4th weekend in Maine! This race is held on the Fourth of July every year!  This year’s race benefited the YMCA of Southern Maine Casco Bay branch. Following the race each year is the Freeport, Maine July 4th town parade! 

The smile on my face says it all! Running and racing in Maine is my “happy place”

Race bib. New Balance running shoes, Awesome Tech-Tee

  Pre-Race

On Thursday, July 2nd, my parents and I drove the 20 minutes from Portland to Freeport, to pick up my race bib! The old town hall in Freeport is where bib pick up was held! Many volunteer organizers made bib retrieval smooth and easy. I was excited to learn that my name had been chosen as one of the winners of a pair of New Balance Running Shoes I was so excited! Registering on March 16th for this race had put me in the lottery for winning a pair! 

Llbean Flagship Store, Freeport, Maine

Race Day-July 4th, 2015

The weather was perfect! Partly cloudy with temps in the low to mid 60s. Very low humidity! The weather for this race two years ago was much warmer and more humid! 

Race morning went smoothly.  It was very easy to find parking. I love that Llbean was open, so runners were able to use the store bathrooms and get water.  The steps and stone walls around the store were also great for sitting and stretching before the race. 

Photo opportunity with my dad prior to the race!

Meeting with fellow running bloggers prior to the race! 

Running bloggers! Lisa, Jennifer and Karen!

It was so much fun to chat with Lisa  Jennifer and Karen We follow each other on Instagram, Personal Blogs, Twitter and FaceBook! Over the years social media has given me the amazing opportunity of developing friendships with other runner/bloggers! 

Photos from the starting area on Bow Street.  Prior to the start of the race, a train runs across the tracks at 7:20am.  

   

Spectator Friendly-My parents were able to wait along the side walk near the start line. During the race, my parents walked and ‘window shopped’ along Main Street! Mile 6 finishes along Main Street which is always lined with cheering spectators! Downtown Freeport has numerous outside benches which provide spectators with places to sit and relax! 

The race starts at 7:30am along Bow street!


Racing Strategy and Goals: 

I really wanted to run a strong, but steady pace for this race.  Two years ago, when I ran this race, the heat and hills slowed me down. I ended up running a 56:22. This year I wanted a course PR! I felt really good going into this race! My weekly running had been a combination of mileage and speed work since the end of May! 

Course map with route and elevation!

 

Running the Llbean 10k-A strong race! 

Mile splits from my Garmin:

  1. 8:41
  2. 8:42
  3. 8:34
  4. 8:39
  5. 8:50
  6. 8:06
  7. {.25} 7:15

These splits include jogging through three water stops for a bit of water! I felt strong pushing up the hills and finished fast! A course PR of 53:21!!  This is a hilly course- total elevation gain was 332ft! 

The finish line is in front of the Llbean Flagship store on Main Street!

Reflection: This race course is comparable to the Beach2Beacon 10k course which I run on Saturday August 1st, 2015. I’m really hoping to run Beach to Beacon just as strong, but faster! The first three miles of the Llbean 10k, I held back a bit.  I love running this race in Freeport, Maine and hope to run it again next summer for the 3rd time! Now I have my sights set on a course PR for Beach2Beacon 10k! 

Did you race on the Fourth of July? What’s your next goal race? 

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